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Old 08-12-2019, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My hedgie was diagnosed with cancer today 😞

I've had Wonton for 5 years now. I took him to the vet because he developed a lump on his neck that has grown quickly. In the past couple months we have dealt with a bulging eye and severe quill loss.

The doctor biopsied it and said it was his lymph node, sarcoma, only on one side. But he also said that it seems that Wonton only has one tooth, so surely there's something going on orally? We already wet his food because we knew he was missing a front tooth.

I am just heartbroken. For now, he seems normal. But he has also had some small green stools (which could be attributed to the vet visit) and is eating less. Any hedgie hospice advice?
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Old 08-13-2019, 08:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry to read this. Sadly, cancer is extremely common in these little ones. I've dealt with way too many types over the years, have one now that has a mammary tumor we are dealing with.

Take it one day at a time and work closely with your veterinarian. Discuss how to keep him comfortable, what to expect from the cancer and where it is located. Be prepared that his needs may change drastically day to day. And prepare yourself for what is to come.

My experience with sarcomas is that they do not respond to drugs, can become very large and can spread to the lymph nodes.

Try to not stress around him, they know when you are upset, its hard to do, but try. For the most part, just love him, feed him anything he loves, and just enjoy the time you have with him.
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